A 3-Time Olympic Rower And His Mission To Do 22 Ironmans In One Year
If he finishes, the 59-year-old father-of-five will break the world record for the most Ironmans completed in one year. He will have raced over almost 5000 kilometres in 12 months.
“This year’s Ironman race in Busselton is going to be especially extraordinary for me: joyful and difficult at the same time,” Vrastil said.
“It definitely won’t be an easy thing to do, especially after competing in four Ironman races taking place one after another, with only one week between each race – Ironman Florida, Ironman Arizona, Ironman Cozumel and Ironman Western Australia.
“(But) I am convinced that I will finish it and will have successfully (completed) this year’s goal – doing 22 Ironman races in one calendar year.”
Vrastil has done 21 Ironman races this year – can he make it 22?
Most athletes do not compete in more than two Ironman-distance races – a 3.8km swim, 180km ride and 42.2km run – in one year due to the extreme demands it places on the body.
It also makes for a demanding travel schedule – which doubles as recovery time for Vrastil, who has been on the road constantly since his campaign began in New Zealand in January. Other stops on his itinerary include Germany, China, Brazil, Spain, South Africa and eight of the United States of America, including Hawaii, where he has qualified to contest the Ford Ironman World Championships in October.
The three-time Olympic rower said part of his motivation behind the ambitious goal was to “set a good example” to his children, all of whom are competitive athletes. –
(I thought this was hilarious! … when I told this story during a Roworx rowing class to my members, one lady said he was probably doing all these events to get away from the kids for awhile. I laughed because I also grew up in a family of Five kids with four older sisters and I really don’t know how my parents dealt with us… 😉 . My Mom always said “We had tons of help!”)
“I cannot say exactly what is behind my decision to do this,” he said.
“It was an idea and I thought, `why not?’ I was once told I would never walk again and at that point I thought to myself `one day I will make a world record’.”
*The last Ironman Miroslav Vrastil completed was in Austrailia this past weekend on Sunday! He has done it… 22 Ironman’s in One Calender year. Vrastils’ story and my experience doing 2 Ironmans in Nice, France and Florianopolis, Brazil in the past 2 years has prompted me to get motivated to train anyone at Roworx to do a Triathlon or Ironman. In the next few blogs I will share my experience in the amount of training, nutrition, and discipline it takes to complete an Ironman. 🙂 Some of the stories will be very entertaining, funny, and exciting so be sure not to miss these next few blogs. Thank you for your time and be sure to be a fan on my Facebook and refer this blog to a friend!
Jack Nunn…Ironman Nice, France 2008 (My first Ironman!)
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